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Newtown (Welsh:Y Drenewydd) is in Mid Wales.



A former hub of the textile industry, it lies on the River Severn (Welsh: Afon Hafren) and is now home to high tech industries. It retains a traditional town centre of independent shops and many pubs and cafes. There's also an art gallery, nightclub and indoor market. The name of the town is deceptive as it has been in existence since the 13th century, when a market was established here.

Get in


Newtown is well connected by bus and train. Buses run to destinations including Llandrindod and Llanidloes in Wales, and Shrewsbury in England. Trains run on the Cambrian line. To the west there are services to Machynlleth and Aberystwyth and on the Cambrian Coast line through Tywyn and Barmouth to Pwllheli. To the east, Welshpool and then on to Shrewsbury and Birmingham in central England.

  • 1 Newtown (Powys) railway station. On the Cambrian Line from Shrewsbury Newtown railway station (Q1965570) on Wikidata Newtown (Powys) railway station on Wikipedia

Get around

Map of Newtown (Wales)

The town centre is easily explored on foot.


Gregynog Hall
  • 1 Robert Owen Museum, The Cross, Broad Street, Newtown (Opposite the town clock), +44 1686 626345. M-F 9:30AM - noon and 2-3:30PM, Sa 9:30-11:30AM. This museum is dedicated to the life and legacy of Newtown's most celebrated son, the Victorian social reformer Robert Owen. Owen is best known for his work at New Lanark in the Clyde valley in Scotland. Admission free. Robert Owen Museum (Q24228347) on Wikidata
  • 2 Gregynog Hall (is in the village of Tregynon, 6 km to the north-west). Gregynog Hall (Q517587) on Wikidata Gregynog Hall on Wikipedia
  • 3 Newtown Textile Mill, 5 Commercial St, Newtown SY16 2BL, +44 1686 622024. Apr-Sep: Tu Th-Sa nooon-4PM. Early 19th century wool mill in the town where Welsh gwlanen - wool - came to be known in English as "flannel". Donation.
  • 4 Dolforwyn Castle, Abermule. Remains of a medieval castle. Dolforwyn Castle (Q1235495) on Wikidata Dolforwyn Castle on Wikipedia


  • Football: Newtown AFC ("The Robins") play soccer in the Cymru Premier League. That's the top tier within Wales, but mostly amateur and on a par with England's fifth tier National League. Their stadium is Latham Park, capacity 5000.




  • The Bank Cafe. is great for lunch, drinks and cakes. Their menu includes a tasty homity pie with salad and other traditional favourites. It's in a cosy old wooden-beamed house.
  • 1 Evans Cafe, 45 Broad St., +44 1686 626203. It is a traditional cafe in the centre of the town that is a popular lunch/tea destination.





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